The Rebound

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The Rebound
The Rebound Poster 2010.PNG
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bart Freundlich
Produced by Bart Freundlich
Mark Gill
Robert Katz
Tim Perrell
Screenplay by Bart Freundlich
Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones
Justin Bartha
Music by Clint Mansell
Cinematography Jonathan Freeman
Editing by Christopher Tellefsen
Distributed by The Film Department
Release dates
  • September 16, 2009 (2009-09-16) (Mexico)
  • February 7, 2012 (2012-02-07) (United States)
Running time 95 minutes
97 minutes (European Film Market)
Country United States
Language English
Box office $21,790,414 (worldwide)[1]

The Rebound is a 2009 American romantic comedy film directed by Bart Freundlich, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Justin Bartha. It was released in theaters in several countries in late 2009. It was originally scheduled to be released in the United States on December 25, 2010, but was cancelled due to the film's distributor shutting down.[2] It ended up going direct-to-DVD in the United States on February 7, 2012.[3]

Plot[edit]

A housewife and mother of two, Sandy (Catherine Zeta-Jones), discovers that her husband has been unfaithful. After a hasty divorce, she leaves home and goes to New York City with her young son and daughter. There they begin a new life. Sandy quickly rents an apartment above a coffee house and befriends one of the waiters, Aram Finklestein (Justin Bartha). Aram, at 25, is not sure what he wants to do with his life although he has a college degree and a tendency toward women's studies and feminism. He decides to babysit Sandy's children ultimately becoming their full-time nanny. He develops a close-knit relationship with both children and a chemistry starts to brew between Aram and Sandy ensuing in an awkward sexual encounter that the children come to know about.

Notwithstanding, they start to date and after two months they seem perfect together. One day Sandy feels nauseous and suspects she is pregnant. Aram is thrilled and looks forward to raising a child with her. A doctor confirms that Sandy is pregnant, but it is an ectopic pregnancy and will result in a miscarriage. As they leave the doctor, a fight breaks out between Aram and Sandy, with the latter confirming that she thinks it's ludicrous that the two of them, with an age difference of 15 years, would ever be happy together. After the break up, Aram decides to travel the world and to improve the lives of others. Sandy gets promoted at her job.

After five years, the two share a chance encounter in a restaurant. Aram reveals he has adopted a young boy from Bangladesh and is still single. Sandy, who is celebrating her promotion with her children and a colleague, invites Aram and his family to join them. The film ends as the two hold hands underneath the table whilst their children start to bond.

Cast[edit]

  1. This was Alice Playten's last role before her death in 2011.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The Rebound received generally mixed reviews from film critics.[4] Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 42% based on 24 reviews with 10 fresh reviews and 14 rotten. Jon Frosch, a top critic, said: "Saddling two game actors with a tone-deaf, charmless script, the film makes recent J.Lo vehicle The Back-up Plan look like Billy Wilder in comparison." Alex Zane said: "These are characters who seem very real. It's their imperfections, not contrived plot points, that drive the story."[5]

Box office[edit]

The film grossed $21,790,414 worldwide.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Rebound". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ "24 Frames". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ Rebound, The (acq). "Rebound, The (acq): Andrew Cherry, Justin Bartha, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lynn Whitfield, Kelly Gould: Movies & TV". Amazon. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  4. ^ Whitman, Howard. "Blu-ray Movie Review: The Rebound". Technologytell. www.technologytell.com. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  5. ^ "The Rebound". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 

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